Actions

Set up a student nature group

Working for nature is much more fun in a group, and can be a great way to meet new people! Find out if a nature conservation or environment group exists on your campus, and if not, consider starting one!

Your group could be open to both students and staff, and could host a range of activities such as field trips, bird or wildlife surveys on campus, promoting wildlife on campus and helping shape your university’s policies on sustainable food and plastic waste.

Organise a Bioblitz

BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity. Smartphone technologies and apps such as iNaturalist make collecting photographs and biological information about living things easy as part of a BioBlitz. It can be as small or big as you like, from a small garden to the whole campus.

Wilder campuses

Ask your university to reduce mowing on campus in some areas and manage them as small scale meadows. Let vegetation come to flower over spring and summer and allow insects to complete their life cycles. By creating a mosaic of habitats you can make space for a wider variety of species. You could also consider requesting more edible planting such as fruit and nut trees for students, staff and wildlife to forage.

#Greenhacks

Pledge For Our Future’s Green Hacks are designed to serve as inspiration for changes that individuals can make in their everyday lives to improve their relationship with nature. Although every Green Hack may not be applicable to you, there are plenty of changes across the six categories that you could try out. Small changes add up, and these hacks can help us make a big impact as a community!

Tell us about your actions!

We would love to hear more about what you are doing and share it with our wider global network of students! Please click here to upload a case study of your actions, however big or small!